John Bottros, MD

John Bottros, MD

Growing up in a family of physicians has instilled within me that a career in medicine is a way of life, not just a job. The path to a medical career became even more focused through my interest in the biomechanics of the human body and in particular, joint function and movement. That intrigue led me to pursue advanced orthopedic training as part of my surgical residency at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation after obtaining my medical degree at the State University of New York Upstate Medical University.

While in residency, I had the unique opportunity to concentrate my interests in adult reconstructive surgery by participating in a research year dedicated solely to joint surgery and studying the mechanics of the hip. As a result, I believe our research has contributed new knowledge to the field of orthopedics that could ultimately lead to clinical changes in the management of hip conditions.

Before establishing my own practice, I elected to pursue a fellowship in adult reconstructive orthopedic surgery at Rush University Medical Center. A fellowship is the highest level of training an orthopedic surgeon can obtain, offering the opportunity to spend an additional year honing surgical skills and technique in a specific sub-specialty of orthopedics under the guidance of some of the country’s top surgeons in the field.

My practice at OrthoIllinois specializes in adult reconstructive surgery of the knee and hip, with a special interest in complex primary and revision total joint replacement, rapid recovery and perioperative pain management after joint replacement.  I am also trained in and have performed a significant number of out-patient total joint procedures that have allowed my patients to have a hip or knee replaced and recover from the convenience of their own home that same day.

I remain actively involved in continuing education and orthopedic research and have been invited to present to peers at various lectures, as well as authored numerous publications.

In addition to my extensive medical commitments, I enjoy traveling abroad, scuba diving, rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking, CrossFit, playing soccer and participating in sprint triathlons.

I am looking forward to meeting you. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to further improve your experience at OrthoIllinois. My goal is to provide you the best medical care available.

BACHELOR’S DEGREE University of Michigan
MEDICAL DEGREE State University of New York Upstate Medical University
RESIDENCY Cleveland Clinic Foundation Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
FELLOWSHIP Adult Reconstructive Orthopaedic Surgery, Rush University Medical Center

Insurance Questions?

Dr. Bottros and Ortho Illinois accept multiple insurance providers. To see a list of insurances accepted click here. Contact your insurance carrier for you specific plan details.


  • Board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Hospital Affilitions

  • Centegra Hospital – McHenry
  • Centegra Hospital – Woodstock
  • Ortho Illinois Surgery Center
  • OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center
  • Rockford Ambulatory Surgery Center
  • Mercy Rockford Hospital
  • SwedishAmerican Hospital
  • Van Matre HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital


Posted: 2019-02-18
I came for a second opinion and could not believe the difference in doctors and their offices. Very impressed!

Posted: 2019-02-14
Dr Bottros is the best.

Posted: 2019-02-14
The best Ortho Dr. I have ever had.

Posted: 2019-02-06
Dr.Bottros is an excellent physician. He takes the time to answer questions and addresses concerns.

Posted: 2019-02-02
Dr. Bottros answered all of my questions and explained the procedure very well. I felt very confident that my surgery would go well before leaving the office.

Posted: 2019-01-29
I have recommended Dr. Bottros many times.

Posted: 2019-01-20
I will always recommend Dr. Bottros and OrthoIllinois

Posted: 2019-01-19
Dr Bottros is very good at explaining exactly what is going on (my left knee). He is extremely thorough and includes the patient in discussing what could be needed in the future and what to do if pain reoccurs. Also explains what's "good" for the knee regarding exercise. I would highly recommend Dr. Bottros (and have)...

Posted: 2018-12-15
I have already recommended.

Posted: 2018-12-07
Total confidence in my provider. Thankful I was referred to him.

Posted: 2018-11-17
I absolutely love Dr. Bottros!! He is a magnificent doctor and takes the time to explain things so that you understand. I hope I never need another hip, but if I do, I'm calling him!!

Posted: 2018-11-17
Dr. Bottros has made my life better in so many ways. I trust him so much that I will follow him anywhere. A terrific surgeon but most of all a compassionate human being.

Posted: 2018-11-13
He spoke with confidence and kindness.

Posted: 2018-11-08
Excellent physician.

Posted: 2018-10-30
I would highly recommend Dr. Bottros for anyone who has knee/leg issues. He explores all the options and is very caring and always stresses that "it's your decision" and then will go on to explain pros and cons (if any) which makes me feel comfortable because then there are no surprises. He told me that everyone's recovery is unique and not to pay too much attention to others who have had knee surgery, because everyone is different. I like that!

Posted: 2018-10-25
Your doctors and staff are very excellent.

Posted: 2018-10-25
Excellent doctor

Posted: 2018-10-25
very good!

Posted: 2018-10-16
Dr. Bottros has always show care and concern for my total well being, not just the area of surgery which he preformed.

Posted: 2018-10-03
He is a WONDEFUL Provider!